August 9, 2005
Dodge Caliber will carry Chrysler Group’s first CVT
Dodge Caliber concept
Auburn Hills, Michigan – Confirming production of the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber, the Chrysler Group has announced that it will feature innovative engines and transmissions for performance, fuel economy and refinement.
The Caliber will use the newest generation of continuously-variable transmissions, CVT2, offering several advantages when compared with previous CVTs. It will feature an Autostick that allows for manual control and the simulation of six stepped gears, and will provide a more traditional feel, with an appropriate rise in engine rpm during acceleration, rather than an instant rise to the maximum engine rpm. The CVT2 will contribute a six to eight per cent improvement in fuel economy, compared with a traditional four-speed automatic transmission, and provide improved vehicle performance.
The Caliber will also use Chrysler’s first electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system with variable torque output. The system will deliver power to the front wheels until rear power is needed. All-wheel-drive is also used between speeds of 40 and 104 km/h, to ensure precise handling during performance driving.
The Caliber will be available with a 1.8-litre, 140 hp engine; 2.0-litre, 150 hp engine; and 2.4-litre, 170 hp engine. For Europe and other key diesel markets, there will also be a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine.